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A precision agriculture class looks up as an unmanned aerial vechicle captures the scene at the Christenson Building at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center. An upcoming Ag Land Management Seminar will be held at the center near Mead on September 7.

With farmland ownership, can come a variety of methods for managing that land.

Whether owners plan to farm the land themselves, or lease to an outside party, there are a multitude of decisions that come along with either strategy.

The upcoming Ag Land Management Seminar: Back to the Basics, 101 will provide those who own farmland with useful information and education to help make decisions about ownership.

The seminar will be held at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, formerly the Ag Research and Development Center, at 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE, on Thursday, September 7.

.The program is conducted by Allan Vyhnalek, Aaron Nygren, and Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension Educators who provide farm land management and agronomy education in eastern Nebraska. The seminar will run 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nygren provides Extension agronomic support for Colfax, Cuming, and Stanton counties. Jansen works as Agricultural Systems Economist Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska Haskell Agricultural Laboratory. Vyhnalek has worked in Extension in Iowa and Nebraska for 28 years and his focus areas include Farm Management and Ag Economics.

The workshop is designed to provide primer education for those that haven’t been on the farm much, or on the farm much recently. It is also designed to be a refresher course for those that would like to have the latest information on land management and rental.

“I am contacted monthly from citizens who have had their parents pass away, and now they are managing a farm for the first time in their lives,” Vyhnalek said. “They may have even grown up there, but haven’t been around for 30 or 40 years, and need to understand that farming practices and management concepts have changed.”

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Topics covered at the daylong seminar include determining whether to keep a farm or sell it, how do manage a farm, what can be learned from soil tests, organic and natural production, and other considerations.

As far as leasing goes, the seminar will cover key lease provisions, legal considerations when leasing, communication expectation between landlord and tenant, and key pasture leasing considerations.

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event, September 5. The registration fee is $20 per person or $30 per couple. The fee covers handouts, refreshments and lunch. Interested individuals can preregister by calling 402-624-8030.

For more information or assistance, contact Allan Vyhnalek, Nebraska Extension Educator, Farm Succession, at 402-472-1771 or avyhnalek2@unl.edu.

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